2012 Alumni Award Recipients
Black Hills State University honored five individuals during the annual BHSU Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 21, at 12:00 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Those honored this year were, left to right: Keith Stover, Class of ’71, Excellence in Education Award; William “Bill” Weyer, Class of ’62, Distinguished Alumnus Award, Johanna Meier & Guido Della Vecchia, Special Service Award; and Jerome A. Greene, Class of ’68, Special Achievement Award.
Keith Stover, class of ’71, earned his bachelor’s degree in education from BHSU and went onto graduate from South Dakota State University with his master’s degree in educational administration.
Stover is currently the president of South Central College (SCC), a comprehensive two-year community and technical college with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato, Minnesota. He has served as president for the past 14 years. Stover noted that his experiences at BHSU were the foundation for his career in higher education.
Stover received an announcement from the White House press secretary in fall 2011 that SCC was named one of the two colleges in the nation to receive the designation of a “Right Skills Now” initiative by President Obama. “Right Skills Now” is an accelerated manufacturing program designed to market manufacturing careers, embrace students in the occupation, and implement a national credentialing model.
Stover has been a leader in developing relationships with the secretary general of the two-year technical institutes in Thailand in support of the benefits of global education. He served a six-year term on the Faribault Chamber Board and currently serves on the Boards of Greater Mankato Growth and the Southern Minnesota Advocates. He is a member of the Rotary Club and served on the Rotary STRIVE Board.